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The Hour I First Believed


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Wally Lamb has been a high school teacher and a teacher of creative writing at the University of Connecticut. He has led writing workshops with women in prison and edited anthologies of their work. He lives in Connecticut with his wife. They have three sons.


Lamb draws for this heady book from his experience teaching women inmates and editing their stories, the fruit of which can be found in his nonfiction titles Couldn't Keep It to Myself and I'll Fly Away. Guidall is resonant as Calem Quirk and believably voices the female characters. For public libraries.-Carly Wiggins, Allen Cty. P.L., Fort Wayne, IN While one admires Lamb's ambition in writing this sprawling tale of trauma after trauma met head on, one may well wish he hadn't been so thorough in describing, say, the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or the details of protagonist Quirk's complex family history. Guidall narrates adequately, though women's voices are not his strength. Buy for Lamb's many fans.-John Hiett, Iowa City P.L. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Lamb's third novel tackles the Columbine high school shooting head on as he places his fictional protagonists into the horrific events of April 1999. Caelum and his wife, Maureen, move to Colorado for teaching jobs at Columbine not long before the shootings. As the events unfold, Maureen finds herself in harms way but luckily survives, only to be haunted by the occurrence. Narrator George Guidall reads with an earnest, familiar voice. He draws listeners into this fascinating tale with nothing more than raw emotion and honesty; rarely does such a straightforward performance tap into the human psyche so effectively. A HarperCollins hardcover. (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Praise for I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE 'A modern Greek tragedy![Lamb's] success is to present this with terrific readability, tenderness, optimism and, most surprisingly, wit!The hallmark of the book is fine writing and a commendable depth of characterisation' The Times 'Wally Lamb's achievement is to force you to feel Dominick's pain!the events in Dominick's everyday nightmare are presented with a sneaky simplicity which generates emotional tension' Daily Telegraph 'A triumph of simple beauty' Time 'I Know This Much Is True never grapples with anything less than life's biggest questions!a modern-day Dostoyevsky' New York Times 'Every now and then a book comes along that sets new standards for writers and readers alike. Wally Lamb's latest novel is stunning -- and even that might be an understatement' Associated Press Reader reviews on Amazon include: 'This is my top read ever. It's fantastic.' 'I will re-read it for years to come. Why can't they all be this good?' 'This book had such an insight of human nature that it left me wondering how it was possible to capture so much truth in a simple way.' 'It will make you laugh, gasp and cry.' 'Lamb creates a nuanced picture of a flawed but decent man. And the questions that permeate the novel! contribute to a fully developed and triumphantly resolved exploration of one man's suffering and redemption' Publishers Weekly 'Captivating' Bookseller

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